In the United States, many different types of insects are capable of inflicting poisonous bites and stings but wasps are most likely to cause serious medical conditions including the paper wasps, the hornets as well as the yellow jackets. Wasps live in colonies and if one stings you, you can expect to be stung by many more. Wasp stings are not technically deadly but they can definitely cause medical complications when left unchecked.
What causes wasp sting?
Wasps, as you most probably already know, are capable of injecting venom by stinging people. Most often, it cannot be explained why wasps decide to get all aggressive. In most cases, wasp sting occurs when a person happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The wasp venom is an exceptionally poisonous substance and when injected in large quantities, the venom can cause direct injury to the human body. In most cases, when the wasp sting is not too severe, an allergic reaction occurs which gets healed within days. In the U.S, about 40 deaths occur each year as a result of wasp stings. This kind of fatal allergic reaction normally only occurs when people are exposed to the same type of venom more than once.
How to identify a wasp sting
Basically, the medical problems that result from wasp stings are quite specific and you can’t possibly mistake what you feel. When subjected to a wasp sting, a person would normally feel an immediate pain followed by redness and swelling at the site of the wasp sting. A large reaction will also develop over the next 12-36 hours followed by acute bacterial skin infection. A wasp sting can also incite itching all over the body as well as wheezing and nausea. Very technically, as wasp sting can be very nasty business and if you are not sure what you are dealing with, to be on the safe side, you might want to seek the help of a medic.
A few wasp sting complications
A wasp sting can be the perfect nightmare. In non-allergic people, a wasp sting will normal cause a mild allergic reaction with nothing serious to worry about. However, in elderly people and in children, wasp stings can cause serious complications including things such as muscle breakdown or even kidney failure particularly if a person has been exposed to the wasp venom before. A wasp sting on the mouth or on the throat can also be more serious, causing things such as obstruction of the airway. If bacterial skin infection at the sting site follows, breathing can be made literally impossible.